More Make Up Tricks and Secrets
Although I am not a make-up artist, I’ve had many years of practice and experience. I was once a television personality for more than ten years in markets all across the country. I didn’t have my own make-up artist, but I was still expected to look like my face had been done by a professional. So….I had to learn how to do it myself. I’ve developed some tricks and techniques that have worked for me. Maybe, they will work for you too!
1. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER apply foundation WITHOUT a moisturizer AND a primer. It helps to set the tone for a smooth, flawless make-up application. I also have very oily skin, so the primer helps to control my oil and shine. The primer I’ve been using for years is Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 by M.A.C. Cosmetics. It’s a little expensive but soooooo worth it!
2. I have two sets of liquid foundation that I get custom blended from my aesthetician. One is for the summer, the other for the winter. Of course, this time of year, I am at my lightest complexion…so I use my winter blend. Although, I brush a little bronzer on my cheeks and my neckline to give me a warmer glow.
3. My under eye concealer is lighter than my foundation. Not only do I use the concealer under my eyes, but I also use it on my eyelids to set my eye-shadow and on my brow bone as a natural highlighter.
4. The area around your eyes is extremely thin and delicate and usually the first place to shown signs of aging. So, I treat this area very carefully. I only use my ring finger to apply my eye cremes and a natural bristle brush to apply my eye make up for the lightest amount of pressure and application.
5. I only use liquid eyeliner on my my upper eyelids which can be tricky if you are not used to it. I have not used a pencil in YEARS and I NEVER line my lower lids. Not only does it make my eyes appear smaller but the tugging on the lower lids can lead to more wrinkles. (I’m a little OCD on the wrinkle thing! ) One thing that helps to steady my hand is to open my mouth slightly during the eyeliner application. You may look silly doing it, but it helps to relax your eye muscles and makes it easier to apply long, smooth strokes.
Do you have any make-up tricks that work for you? If so, please share!